December 19 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The capital’s Thames Path has been ranked second in a list of the world’s top 10 “city hikes”, despite its lack of brutal climbs and terrifying descents.
1 Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro
2 Thames Path, London
3 Great Coastal Walk, Sydney
4 Hoerikwaggo Trail, Cape Town
5 Berlin Wall Trail, Berlin
6 Seawall, Vancouver
7 South Mountain Park, Phoenix
8 Coast to Coast Walk, Auckland
9 Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
10 Hong Kong Trail, Hong Kong
The capital’s section of the trail that runs 84 miles (294 km) from its source in the Cotswolds almost to the North Sea is included in Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate Adventures.
It was second out of the top 10 “city hikes” behind Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a list which also included Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.
The book, which consists of 100 “top 10” lists, also included the London Underground in its list of the world’s Freakiest Foot Races.
The section of Thames Path from Kingston eastwards to Greenwich is described in the book as “a London highlights reel, passing Kew Gardens, Battersea Park and power station, Westminster and Big Ben, the Millennium Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe and so on”.
It adds: “Expect surprising contrasts: the leafy emptiness of the riverbank through Richmond and Kew against the chaos of the South bank, where the entire world seems to come to meet.”
The book showcases “the world’s most daring, exciting and breathtaking experiences”.